Gov. Jan Brewer's office says she won't call the Arizona Legislature back into special session again to vote on an unemployment benefits proposal until lawmakers have a change of heart.Read More »
Maricopa County elections officials continue verifying valid signatures on a recall drive of Senate President Russell Pearce.Read More »
By the time Republicans called it a day, it almost seemed like a textbook case of what to do — if you don’t want a special session to succeed.Read More »
Keep to the right: Does tea party politics mean yesterday’s conservative is today’s moderate — or a statesman?
Months after the red wave from last November, with the tea party gaining steam both in the streets and at the Capitol, some veteran conservative legislators are doing a double-take at where they now stand in their caucuses.
And for some, having a party morph around them, and seeing perceptions shift from “staunch conservative” to “moderate statesman” isn’t necessarily a welcome change.
With both sides digging in, the hope of extending unemployment aid to jobless Arizonans appears to be fading.
Lawmakers are expected to resume the special session this afternoon, but the Legislature is more apt to close down the session without acting on the legislation than it is to approve the bills.
A Republican state representative with a history of making controversial statements today called for the state Senate to exercise a constitutional provision and remove a Democratic legislator he deemed “a cancer.”Read More »
Four months after police detained him in a late-night altercation with his girlfriend on the side of the freeway, Phoenix city prosecutors filed misdemeanor domestic violence charges against Sen. Scott Bundgaard.Read More »
Failing to deliver an extension to unemployment benefits, the first day of the special session instead ended in recrimination that is once again threatening the fragile relationship between Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republican-led Legislature.Read More »
Arizona lawmakers have convened a special session to address extending unemployment benefits for those who have been out of work for more than a year, but there won’t be a vote today.Read More »
Recall elections played a pivotal role in Arizona statehood. President William Howard Taft, a former judge who was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, actually vetoed the enabling act that would have granted Arizona statehood in 1911 because the proposed state Constitution included a recall provision for judges.Read More »